Now that school is out for the summer it is time to consider ways to encourage kids to be active. We know that school activities such as recess, physical education, classroom exercise breaks, and before- and after-school physical activities all contribute significantly to meeting national guidelines for physical activity (60 minutes per day recommended). Research also indicates that many kids are sedentary during the summer months, getting less moderate to vigorous activity than during the school year. So when school is out it is important for kids to find other opportunities for exercise.
Every month a special group of teens and young adults gets together in Ahwatukee to do something good for the community and for each other. What they offer the community is selfless giving, but what they offer each other is friendship and acceptance unlike what they experience in the outside world.
The Heart and Sol Festival will feature exhibitors from a variety of wellness realms. Attendees can participate in activities for well-being, including a free Kids Zone, former NFL players youth camp, zumba dancing, a healthy market place and much more.
The Ahwatukee Foothills News recently talked to Chiemi Karasawa, director of the new documentary, “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.” The film offer’s a glimpse into the life of Stritch, a Broadway legend and clearly the most outgoing actress over 85 working today.
Jessica Fong for Performance. Jessica is currently managing the annual Key Club Blood Drive, which she has done for the past three years. Over the years she has done an amazing job promoting this very important cause. Due to her outstanding leadership, Jessica has continually increased the number of students who participate on the planning committee and increased the number of students who donate blood. She devotes countless hours and effort to ensuring the success of this event, and deserves to be recognized for the remarkable work she has done.
To better equip students with a healthier lifestyle during and after school, Mary Dean, physical education instructor at Kyrene de las Lomas Elementary School, and three of her colleagues presented their research on “Wellness Weeks: A Total School Approach for Promoting Physical Education” at last year’s Arizona Health and Physical Education state convention.
By the time you’re reading this, our little friends in Congress will have either settled their political hash and come up with a budget and gotten the government back to work or we’ll all be huddled around a trash can fire in a desolated parking lot, fighting for road kill in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian society.
Wellness is a term that has gained in popularity in recent years. Wellness is used as a name for a variety of products and programs, and as a result the term is sometimes misused. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Digest defines wellness as “a multidimensional state of being describing the existence of positive health in an individual as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of well-being.” Adopting healthy lifestyles, including being regularly active and eating well, are “processes” that lead to the “products” of health and wellness.
Cancer. It’s not even a pretty word, is it? It’s scary. It stirs up fear and rage and sympathy and disbelief and tears. And once again, that awful word invaded our lives — an unwelcome house guest that showed up unannounced.
The call came in the morning, an out-of-state in-law who has never made a personal call to our home. The conversation began as light chit-chat. My husband held his breath, sensing something more was coming. And, it did, in the form of a confession, a desperate act of saving one’s self.
On July 27, Ahwatukee Children’s Theater (ACT) will host National Dance Day, a grassroots initiative that encourages individuals, families, organizations and communities from across the nation to get up and move through dance.
Pecos Pool was filled to near capacity on June 1 for Ahwatukee orthodontist Dr. Joe Pearson’s 10th annual open-to-the-community pool party. Pearson, center, is flanked by the two lucky limber limbo contest winners. Pizza was provided and dance and cannonball contests hosted. Raffle winners received free and discounted orthodontic treatment, iPods, and more.
Stephanie Ann Kuells went to be with our angels on Wednesday, Feb. 20. She was born on Aug. 3, 1988, to Jennifer and Keith Kuells at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. This happened to be her father’s 30th birthday. What a beautiful gift! Stephanie had many challenges in her short life, but she tackled each one with determination, beauty and grace.
In a previous column I discussed the PACER, a test of cardiovascular fitness that is part of the national youth physical fitness test battery (FITNESSGRAM). FITNESSGRAM, was developed at the Cooper Institute in Dallas and is now offered as a cooperative program with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). In addition to assessing cardiovascular fitness, the FITNESSGRAM Test Battery includes tests of muscle fitness, flexibility, and body composition.
Nearly 20 students from Mountain Pointe High School gave spectators a glimpse into their daily physical education activities on Thursday at the Arizona Adapted Physical Education Conference in Phoenix.
Cardiovascular fitness is generally considered to be the most important component of health-related physical fitness. Other commonly used terms for cardiovascular fitness include cardiorespiratory endurance, aerobic fitness, and aerobic capacity. The national youth physical fitness test (FITNESSGRAM), developed at the Cooper Institute in Dallas, is now offered as a cooperative program with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). The recommended test for youth in the FITNESSGRAM battery is called the Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER).